map of Malawi

FANTA began to provide in-country technical assistance to the Malawi Ministry of Health (MOH), Department of Nutrition, HIV/AIDS (DNHA), USAID, and partners in October 2013. Since then, FANTA has strengthened national-level policies and strategies for community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM); integrated nutrition care, support, and treatment (NCST) as part of HIV and TB care and treatment; developed CMAM and NCST technical tools such as guidelines, job aids, and training materials; and built competencies of managers and service providers to implement CMAM and NCST services. Additionally, FANTA supported the MOH and DNHA to develop the National Multi-Sector Nutrition Policy 2018–2021, the National Multi-Sector Nutrition Strategic Plan 2018–2021, a costed national CMAM and NCST operational plan, and initiated the institutionalization of the Nutrition Society of Malawi.

FANTA and its partners undertook several research studies on the effects of lipid-based nutrient supplementation on maternal and child nutrition; using eye tracking to measure cognitive function in infants; and, using mid-upper arm circumference as a discharge criterion for children in CMAM programs.

FANTA’s activities in Malawi included:

Strengthen and improve national multisectoral nutrition policies and strategies

Integrate and scale up NCST within HIV and TB care and treatment

Improve the quality of CMAM service delivery

Nutrition Society of Malawi

Research Activities

FANTA also worked with its partners on the following research activities:

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